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Poster: MooseMan9 Date: Jan 9, 2011 6:50pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: A little help.

Yes, plenty of options! Are you using a PC or a Mac?

The formats available for a given show will vary, most of the time FLAC is an option, and its generally the best option to download since its a 'lossless' format, which means its CD quality or better. Where MP3 is a 'lossy' format, which means its compressed and not full-resolution.

iTunes uses a proprietary format as a its default but can also play and encode to Mp3. It cannot play FLAC, ogg etc.

If you're using a PC the absolute best piece of software I've found is mediamonkey. Put a .com on there or Google that. Its a music library/management program that plays and converts just about any format, and can also talk to your Mp3-iPod-whatever player to stuff it with music and create playlists. I've been using the free version for a couple years now to manage about 8,000 songs and love it.

Media Monkey is unfortunately PC only, there is no mac version. Another player option would be Songbird... which again is an iTunes 'replacement' thats also in my opinion, a much more robust and friendly piece of software.

Yet another option would be VLC media player... probably less intrusive if you don't want to switch from iTunes, but really? I'd switch from the iTunes software. IMO its clunky and any of these other pieces let you drag music both to AND from the player if you have an iPod/iPhone.

Hope that helps!